Personal Training Certifications

Successful Certified Personal Trainers need more than book knowledge. Therefore, it is crucial to know the effects of exercise and how the body will react to it. In addition you need the practical mastery of the skills in assessing a client and how to take competent steps to physically and mentally get your client to the promise land of measurable lifestyle results.Learn More

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Welcome to W.I.T.S. (World Instructor Training Schools)

The World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) has been leading for 25 years to enhance public safety by developing and administering true health and fitness certification programs. Furthermore, jobs in this industry are projected to grow 16% into 2021. Through the W.I.T.S. courses, you can become certified as a personal trainer, group fitness trainer, older adult trainer, and other disciplines in this industry.

The W.I.T.S. Certified Personal Trainer is the only organization to receive NCCA accreditation in the practical skills and theoretical knowledge for their personal health trainer programs. In addition, W.I.T.S. certified fitness trainer courses are at hundreds of neighborhood colleges and universities with college credits through the American Council on Education (www.acenet.edu). Check out how we prepare our graduates for a solid career.

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What W.I.T.S. Students and Graduates Are Saying

“I believe that the Internship requirement by WITS is invaluable! It forced me into a real training environment with real clients. I worked with 5 different trainers and was exposed to different training styles as well as very varied client ability levels. I saw first-hand how to interact successfully with clients and to keep them moving through their exercises. The Internship gave me the confidence I needed when I first began working as a Personal Trainer – I was hired at the facility I interned at!!! Get Moving!” — Carole K.View More Testimonials & References

What Does the COVID-19 Delta Variant Mean for Fitness Professionals and Facility Operators?

By Joseph Giandonato, MBA, MS, CSCS
Faculty Member
World Instructor Training Schools

The murmuring of cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant has sounded the alarms of multiple public health agencies throughout the US in recent days. As of Tuesday, July 20th, the Delta variant represents 83% of new COVID-19 cases — which since the middle of July has averaged 32,837 new cases per day nationwide. Additionally, hospitalizations in that same span are up 35% from the week prior according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Delta variant’s ascension comes at a time as many of us are finally settling back to the settings in which were most comfortable working with our clients, athletes, and students.

Let’s first dispel some falsehoods about the Delta variant and provide fitness professionals and facility operators suggestions on how to remain open in light of its recent proliferation.

1. The Delta variant is more dangerous than COVID-19. FALSE.

Variants are mutations of a virus and festooned nomenclature, in this case Greek alphabet characters to differentiate them from the original virus (COVID-19 Alpha) and other forms. A hallmark of the Delta variant are pronounced spike proteins which make it easier to penetrate cells and gain entry into angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) which are found within the cells of the skin, smooth muscles, bronchial tract, and sebaceous and eccrine glands. Delta variant is highly transmissible and potentially more contagious than COVID-19 but no more dangerous.

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What is the W.I.T.S Difference?

By Joseph Giandonato, MBA, MS, CSCS
Faculty Member
World Instructor Training Schools

Whether you are a newly minted college graduate or returning to the classroom following a layoff, W.I.T.S. will help you pave a path to successfully entering the fitness industry through an assortment of evidence-based pedagogical measures.

  1. Unlike most fitness organizations, W.I.T.S. provides (30) contact hours of live instruction facilitated by an experienced fitness professional. Lectures are delivered in-person or virtually with practical sessions hosted in actual fitness settings, enabling students to learn and become confident with core tenets of personal training including interviewing, assessing, testing, training, and coaching clients.
  2. Faculty members are well versed in educational theory and engender self-directed learning environments within the classroom and in the gym — students are given greater autonomy complemented with subtle guidance from the instructor, which is conducive to active learning. This model contrasts traditional teacher-directed models in which the teacher dictates the exchange of knowledge and cadence at which it is delivered. For aspirant and nascent fitness professionals, knowing how and why and being able interpret complex scientific information and exercise training methodologies in non-technical language for clients is critical and these skills are gained through our self-directed learning environment.
  3. Research has shown that active learning is far more effective than passive learning — or merely being the recipient of information — in acquiring knowledge. Many of our faculty members employ the “E.D.I.P.” model to ensure competency of a given skill or subject area is established.

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  1. Educate: Students are provided a background or historical overview or rationale.
  2. Demonstrate: Students are shown a process or procedures employing practical or real-world examples.
  3. Imitate: Students are asked to imitate the skill or iterate the knowledge shared with them.
  4. Practice: Students are encouraged to practice or apply said skills or knowledge until competency is achieved.
  5. Professional and life experience is leveraged to the students’ benefit. The adage of “life is the best teacher” aptly fits here. We all bring diverse and unique professional and personal experiences to the W.I.T.S. Personal Training Certification Course. A culmination of those experiences shaped you into the person you are today, likely congealed into the watershed moment needed for you to transition into or take a new step within the fitness industry and will undoubtedly influence your approach and interest areas, as you grow as a fitness professional.
  6. NCCA is the industry accepted standard but W.I.T.S. took it a step further to be the only fitness certification to have the practical skills exam accredited as well. None of the other fitness industry certifications has this credential in this area. Building out the infrastructure enables the W.I.T.S graduates and their employers to know that they can perform!
  7. Upon successful completion of the course, apply those credits towards a degree. The American Council of Education recognizes W.I.T.S. as an education provider. Students who complete the course and pass the certifying examinations are eligible to be granted (3) college credits than can be applied to an academic degree program.

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Joe Giandonato

Joseph Giandonato, MBA, MS, CSCS has been a faculty member of the World Instructor Training Schools since 2010. Presently, Joe serves as an Employee Wellbeing Coordinator at the University of Virginia where he assists with the design, delivery, oversight, and evaluation of UVA’s comprehensive and award-winning employee wellness program, Hoos Well. Previously, Joe served as a Fitness and Recreation Specialist at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Manager of Health Promotion and Wellness at Drexel University, and Head Strength and Conditioning Coach and Fitness Director at Germantown Academy. Additionally, Joe maintains adjunct faculty appointments at Eastern University and Chestnut Hill College where he teaches exercise science electives. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in education and is studying the role of physical activity on mental health.

4 Things Only a Personal Trainer Can Do for Their Clients

With the fitness industry grossing billions of dollars every year by helping people improve their lifestyle and physical health, it is only natural that certified personal trainers have been more in demand in recent years than ever before. This is also because it has been observed that a personal health trainer program is more likely to help people achieve their fitness goals as opposed to self-training.

Even though there are multiple reasons why a personal fitness trainer is essential on the journey of health but here are a few of the most critical ones that you, as someone passionate about fitness, must know:

1. Catering to Personal Requirements

Everybody’s abilities and requirements are different when it comes to fitness training. For someone looking to bounce back after a severe accident, the fitness plan would be different than someone who wants to shed a few pounds. This is where a personal trainer comes in. With their knowledge and expertise, they cater to individual needs and make custom programs according to the client’s requirements.

2. Providing Nutritional Guidance

If someone is already familiar with the basics of fitness training, they might find themselves wondering, ‘why should I hire a fitness trainer?’. The fact is, every personal training certification involves an introduction to and a module on nutrition. This equips them with the knowledge they use to help their clients achieve fitness goals by incorporating the right nutrition into their diet.

3. Keeping a Track and Holding Accountable

Procrastination and a busy schedule make it hard for people to form healthy habits or a fitness routine. This is where a personal trainer plays their role. They hold their clients accountable for the missed schedules and routines and ensure that the client’s progress is being effectively tracked. For people who find it hard to break bad habits or beat laziness, a personal trainer is a huge help in setting practical short-term goals that are easier to achieve.

4. Motivation and Mental Well-Being

Physical health helps improve mental health and is a part of the recommended treatment for mental health challenges like depression. A good and well-trained personal trainer can help customize an exercise plan that positively impacts clients dealing with this situation. PTs are also a source of motivation for clients as they help them keep track of their lives and encourage them through tougher days.

These 4 points are the reason why you should hire a personal trainer rather than self-training if you want to achieve your fitness goals?

Contact the experts today and reach your goals faster than you think you can!